• How businesses drive climate action

    Increasing numbers of companies are going or pledging to go carbon neutral. Leading global companies will explain what they are doing, why they working to remove emissions from their operations and supply chains. What are the challenges? How do companies pay for such a transition? How do they bring on board staff and shareholders? What are the rewards? And how companies can use their experiences to lead and drive policy and action, rather than waiting for a clear steer from government and policymakers.

  • 13:00

    Platform opens

  • 13:05

    Welcome from New Statesman Media Group

  • 13:10


    David Hopping
    David Hopping CEO, Smart Infrastructure Solutions & Services, Siemens
  • 13:40
  • 14:10

    Corporate rewards of being in the climate action driving seat

    How do businesses stand to benefit from the changes required to assist the transition to net-zero? How will supporting the transition have a positive impact on business’ reputation, create opportunities to diversify into new areas and sell innovative products and services that aid sustainability? How are leadership teams communicating the benefits of being a net zero company to employees?

  • 15:00

    Net zero: business do's and don’ts

    What actions can corporates take to embed net-zero targets in financial decisions? How do organisations draw up a net-zero strategy? What business-driven decarbonisation initiatives are already in action? How can companies share best practice around net-zero? How can businesses avoid focusing on activities that may deliver emissions reductions in the short term but are unlikely to be compatible with a net-zero economy in the long term? How are businesses engaging with government and regulators to share insights and expertise?

    Lynn  Scarlett
    Lynn Scarlett Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy
  • 15:50

    How is Foreign Direct Investment contributing to reaching Net Zero?

    Foreign direct investment (FDI) is a well-established conduit for the financing and transfer of technology between nation states, but how is FDI contributing to net zero and green growth? Supporting a low-carbon economy is central to the aims of innovative and ambitious governments, regions, and economic developers worldwide. The private sector is more incentivised than ever to embrace a more sustainable ethos, creating synergies between the goals of public and private entities. How can these synergies best be leveraged for mutual benefit? How are specific regions creating the right conditions to attract investment from the private sector? How are they facilitating investment in renewable energy using wind capacity, off-shore supply chains and hydro-production? What success stories can be shared and where do the opportunities exist in terms of sub-sectors?

    Philippe Valahu
    Philippe Valahu CEO, Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG)
    Karin Lachner
    Karin Lachner Head of Marketing and Communications, CINDE
  • Why technology is at the heart of the net zero revolution

    The energy transition and the move to net zero will only be possible if we employ the very latest digital technologies, whether it is to balance energy systems, manage cyber security, or forecast the output of renewable energy systems. It will be the biggest challenge yet for the global technology sector to co-ordinate efforts, collect and share data, and merge physical and digital realms. Day 3 will examine the opportunities and challenges in integrating digital transformation with the energy transition.  

  • 13:30

    Platform opens

  • 13:35

    Welcome from Pete Swabey, Editor-in-Chief, Tech Monitor

    Pete  Swabey
    Pete Swabey Editor-in-chief, Tech Monitor
  • 13:40


    Pete  Swabey
    Pete Swabey Editor-in-chief, Tech Monitor
  • 14:10

    The role of cloud technology on the road to net zero

    With businesses large and small making commitments to cut their carbon usage in the move to net-zero emissions, the environmental impact of cloud computing is coming under growing scrutiny. What is the role of cloud technology on our global journey to net zero? How green are the public cloud providers? How are they accelerating the potential to reduce carbon footprints and significantly lower electric consumption? How do businesses seeking to implement a net-zero cloud strategy choose their provider given approaches to carbon emissions vary? How does cloud technology allow corporates to cut costs whilst simultaneously contributing to a sustainable future?

    Cristina  Lago
    Cristina Lago Associate editor, Tech Monitor
    Ian Penny
    Ian Penny Chief Information Officer, Hiscox
  • 15:00

    Net zero data centres: taking the lead in sustainability

    The data centre industry is under increasing pressure to find new and innovative ways to mitigate its impact on the environment. The necessity for organisations to keep a pace with carbon policy is forging a new era of climate conscious behaviour where all buying decisions will be based on sustainable and ethical criteria. What is a net zero data carbon centre and what impact is it having on reducing the effects of climate change? How are next generation of data centres helping deliver on net-zero ambitions whilst remaining resilient and reliable? What are the best strategies and frameworks for achieving sustainability in data centres? How are businesses leveraging digitalisation for carbon free data centres?

    Pete  Swabey
    Pete Swabey Editor-in-chief, Tech Monitor
    Steve Watt
    Steve Watt Chief Information Officer, University of St Andrews
    Susanna  Kass
    Susanna Kass Data Center and Clean Energy Advisory to UNSDG Program & BOD, Chief CE Sustainability Officer, Researcher, CE4B, EU Clean Energy for Cloud and Edge
    Max  Schulze
    Max Schulze Executive Chairman, Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance e.V.
  • 15:50

    Powering the electric future: from wind to wheel

    As the volume of renewable generation increases significantly and the electrification of heating and transport place greater demand on the grid, data will the key enabler of this transition. What is the role of digitalisation and data in today - and tomorrow’s - energy system? How do we plan for and fund this transition? How do we maintain grid stability with 100% / high proportion of renewables? How does data help us to reduce the cost of doubling the electricity network? How does data allow a cost effective and passenger-centric electrification of transport? How do we fund it and orchestrate the complex ecosystem needed to deliver the necessary expansion of the energy and related systems? What policies do we need from government?

    Matt Gooding
    Matt Gooding News editor, Tech Monitor
    Gavin Starks
    Gavin Starks Founder & CEO, Icebreaker One
    Ian Cameron
    Ian Cameron Head of Customer Services and Innovation, UK Power Networks
    Ian  Funnell
    Ian Funnell CEO, Hitachi ABB Power Grids UK and Ireland
    Laura Sandys CBE
    Laura Sandys CBE Non-Executive Director, SGN & Energy System Catapult
  • 16:40

    Can smart infrastructure help deliver Net Zero?

    Pete  Swabey
    Pete Swabey Editor-in-chief, Tech Monitor
    Thomas Kiessling
    Thomas Kiessling Chief Technology Officer, Siemens Smart Infrastructure